January 31, 2014 (60 comments)
There was news this week that came out in regard to both Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson. It appears as if Jimenez has lowered his asking price while Masterson and the Indians have shelved their extension talks for the moment. Nonetheless, it's crucial that the Indians at least lock up one of these guys to a long-term deal, so who should it be? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 31, 2014 (9 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Holt. Holt was a high-priced draft signing back in 2010 who came in with a lot of fire and passion to his game and has since developed himself into the best defensive outfielder in the Indians system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail his abilities as a hitter, baserunner, and defender, goes into great detail about the advancements made with his swing, opportunities for improvement, his major league future and much more.
January 31, 2014 (5 comments)
He wasn't flashy, as he never brought attention to himself, but Michael Young was the model of consistency throughout his 14 years in the Bigs. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Young's retirement, a possible dilemma facing Kendrys Morales, and more.
January 30, 2014 (25 comments)
Last weekend at Tribe Fest the Indians unveiled their plans for a Jim Thome statue to be placed in this ballpark and a ceremony for the unveiling on August 2nd. While Thome is one of the organization's greatest players of all time and he is a former fan favorite, this announcement is puzzling to many considering his departure from the team in 2002 and so many other former great Indians who were not given the honor. The IBI's Michael Hattery holds nothing back in his criticism of the decision.
January 30, 2014 (3 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed relief pitcher Jeff Johnson. Johnson has been one of the best performers out of the bullpen in the Indians minor league system the last two years, and more importantly he has the stuff to back it up. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about his very good stuff, what kind of major league reliever he can be, the Indians development plan for him, and much more.
January 30, 2014 (0 comments)
Despite no major moves, Wednesday still had plenty of news from around the MLB. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Bronson Arroyo's frustration with being unemployed, Scott Baker chooses his next team, and more.
January 30, 2014 (34 comments)
Last year, they started from the bottom. This year, we're starting from the top—at the top of the Indians lineup that is. For 56 games last year, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis hit one, two and three in the Tribe order respectively. They were far from the most potent bunch in baseball, but they have given Cleveland a new look and a new identity offensively. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a closer look at the offensive trio.
January 29, 2014 (51 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been Jim Pete's favorite player. Not even close, but as the sub-zero temperatures envelope Cleveland, Jim takes a close look at the enigmatic starter and whether or not he's worth the risk of a one-to-three year deal at $11-$13 million per year. Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and deal Masterson? Will the Indians sign Masterson and forget Ubaldo? Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and Masterson? Weave through the highs and lows at this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
January 29, 2014 (6 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Casey Shane. Shane was one of the youngest players in the draft last year and pitched most of his pro debut for the Indians at 17 years of age. He brings with him some impressive size and a nice arsenal which the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about. He also talks about what the Indians are focusing in on from a developmental perspective in 2014 and beyond, where he should pitch this season, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
January 29, 2014 (21 comments)
Tuesday saw a surprise new name enter the free agent starting pitcher ring. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on A.J. Burnett deciding against retiring, the shrinking contract demands of Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
January 29, 2014 (2 comments)
This is it. The final Around the Farm for about six or seven weeks when spring games heat up in Arizona. Unless an Indians player makes his way onto a Caribbean Series roster - which appears unlikely - this is it after Carlos Santana's Leones del Escogido team fell short of the Dominican Winter League championship on Tuesday night.
January 28, 2014 (45 comments)
What is the future of Asdrubal Cabrera with the Indians? At the end of last season that, many believed there was no way he would wear an Indians uniform again. Yet here we are at the end of January and he's still with the team and figures to be here when opening day rolls around. Should the Tribe wait to trade him? The IBI's Jake Dungan says better trade opportunities may present themselves during the season.
January 28, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo. Araujo is one of the most physically impressive prospects the Indians have and he has some interesting stuff but injuries have held him back. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about just how good Araujo can still be, his strengths and weaknesses, what happened to him last year, his return to the mound this offseason and so much more.
January 28, 2014 (0 comments)
This past weekend marked the second installment of “Tribe Fest”, an Indians event intended to connect fans with Indians players, coaches, alumni, and front office staff. As Northeast Ohio endures the current arctic blast, it’s good to know warm weather and good baseball aren’t too far off at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. For those that missed the event, here are some details on what went down.
January 28, 2014 (29 comments)
All signs are beginning to point to 2014 being the last year of Justin Masterson pitching in an Indians uniform. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Masterson contract extension situation, David Ortiz's future with the Red Sox, and more.
January 27, 2014 (27 comments)
Barring a last minute change of heart by both sides, the Indians and ace pitcher Justin Masterson appear to be heading to arbitration. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria says that finding a fair deal with the Indians on a contract extension may be a wise move for him and his agent. Tony also explains why he is becoming a believer in Carlos Santana playing third base, why Jim Thome should not be getting a statue, his thoughts on a successful Tribe Fest event and more.
January 27, 2014 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent infielder Elliot Johnson to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
January 27, 2014 (10 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown begins with right-handed pitcher Will Roberts. Roberts is a big, durable arm that the Indians felt made some good strides in 2013 and has been overlooked in their system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about his stuff, projection and all of the things he worked on in 2013 and what he needs to improve on in 2014 and beyond to be a legit major league starting pitching option for the Indians.
January 27, 2014 (12 comments)
With some major free agent dominoes falling lately, we may be in for a hectic week of baseball news. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Brewers finalizing their deal with Matt Garza, Jason Kipnis talking contract extension, and more.
January 27, 2014 (0 comments)
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido teammates knotted up their series at 3-3 winning Game 6 of the Serie FInal in the Dominican Winter League. Santana has been his usual on-base machine self in the playoffs and impacted the game reaching base three times in five plate appearances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and reviews the results of all the other league championship results in winter ball.